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Apr 29, 2014
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Two U.S. soldiers lose bid to dress according to religious custom

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(U.S. army soldiers are seen marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York, March 16, 2013. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri )

The U.S. Army has denied requests by two soldiers to dress and groom themselves according to their religious beliefs under a revised Pentagon policy, a spokesman said on Monday.

Apr 23, 2014

Hagel begins first trip to Latin America as U.S. defense chief

MILITARY AIRCRAFT (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Wednesday his first trip to Latin America as Pentagon chief would add “muscle and sinew” to growing North American defense ties and highlight the importance of helping partner nations improve their militaries.

Hagel, who will meet his Canadian and Mexican counterparts in Mexico City before traveling to Guatemala, said the three-day visit will give him an opportunity to focus on relationship-building in a vital area that often receives little attention.

Apr 22, 2014

U.S. to send 600 troops to Eastern Europe to reassure allies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States is sending about 600 soldiers to Poland and the three Baltic states for infantry exercises, the Pentagon said on Tuesday, one of its highest-profile steps yet to reassure NATO allies after Russia’s seizure of Crimea.

Groups of 150 soldiers will be sent to Poland, Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia in rounds of month-long exercises in each country in what the Pentagon calls a “persistent rotational presence” that stops short of permanently basing troops.

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. to cut nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia: officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will scale back its nuclear bombers, submarine launchers and ballistic missiles in the first cuts to its leftover cold war nuclear arsenal since ratifying a landmark treaty with Russia in 2011, officials said on Tuesday.

Under the treaty, known as New Start, the U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on each of the 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said.

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. plans balanced cuts to nuclear launchers under treaty with Russia -officials

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The United States will scale
back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under the
New START treaty with Russia, but it will not retire a ballistic
missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials
told Reuters.

The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on
each of its 14 nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear
bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental
ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on
condition of anonymity.

Apr 8, 2014

U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty -officials

WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The United States will scale
back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under a New
START treaty with Russia but not retire a ballistic missile
squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told
Reuters.

The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on
each of its 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear
bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental
ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on
condition of anonymity.

Apr 7, 2014

U.S. Navy to test futuristic, super-fast gun at sea in 2016

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Navy is planning sea trials for a weapon that can fire a low-cost, 23-pound (10-kg) projectile at seven times the speed of sound using electromagnetic energy, a “Star Wars” technology that will make enemies think twice, the Navy’s research chief said.

Rear Admiral Matthew Klunder, the chief of Naval Research, told a round table group recently the futuristic electromagnetic rail gun had already undergone extensive testing on land and would be mounted on the USNS Millinocket, a high-speed vessel, for sea trials beginning in 2016.

Apr 5, 2014

U.S. Navy testing more sophisticated pilotless helicopters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The helicopter kicked up a cloud of freshly fallen snow that partly obscured the ground below, but despite the poor visibility, it gently touched down in a landing that was unremarkable except for the fact no one was at the controls.

The helicopter, filmed during testing by the Naval Research Laboratory, was piloted by a 100-pound (45-kg) sensor and software package that officials said can turn any rotary-winged aircraft into a virtually autonomous drone able to fly with minimal input from the Marine Corps troops it was designed to serve.

Apr 2, 2014

U.S. sending 175 Marines to Romania as part of Africa crisis team

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon said on Wednesday it was bolstering the size of its Europe-based crisis response force to 675 Marines by sending 175 new troops to a Romanian base near the Black Sea at a time of tensions over Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

The Marines are part of a crisis response team headquartered in Moron, Spain, and primarily meant for operations in Africa, although they can be sent anywhere, a Pentagon spokesman said. The decision to increase the force with Marines based in Romania was made last year before the current crisis, he said.

Mar 31, 2014

Hagel revamps effort to find U.S. troops missing from foreign wars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday ordered the Pentagon to reorganize its much-criticized effort to account for U.S. troops missing from foreign wars, creating a single agency to improve accountability and speed recovery and identification of remains.

Hagel’s announcement came as the U.S. Congress is putting pressure on the Defense Department to boost its accounting for some 83,000 missing U.S. troops – about 73,000 from World War Two and 10,000 from other conflicts.

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